Utah Spring Activities + Travel Tips
Here’s a list of fun Utah spring activities: things to do, see and photograph!
Use this list of places to visit in Utah to plan an amazing itinerary full of fun spring activities! We also share tips for things to pack, where to stay and more!
There are Utah vacation spots around the state to enjoy outdoor activities in the spring!
Be sure to grab your free download of our Utah bucket list with even more ideas for things to do!
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A Photo Tour of Utah National Parks
Take a visual tour through all five Utah National Parks to see the stunning landscapes you’ll see when you visit!
Northern and Southern Utah in the Spring
Northern Utah: Salt Lake City, Park City, and Provo are the three main cities in this part of the state. You’ll find main streets with shopping, restaurants, nightlife, festivals, historic buildings and performing arts.
Central and Southern Utah: All 5 Utah National Parks are located in this part of the state.
Check to see where the Utah vacation spots are located around the state because a drive from Salt Lake City to any of the National Parks in the south can take 4 to 5 hours. Keep in mind that the drive from Northern to Southern Utah means passing through rural areas with small towns with limited services.
Utah Spring Weather
The spring weather and temperatures will vary between Northern and Southern Utah. The higher elevations will have more snow and the temperatures will be cooler than the lower elevations by 10 to 20 degrees.
We’ve written detailed guides for the weather and temperatures you can expect each month during the spring in Utah:
Utah NP Mighty 5 AUDIO TOUR
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Utah Spring Activities
There are so many ways to enjoy spring break in Utah! Keep in mind that spring is a busy time of year with visitors taking advantage of time off for spring break.
If you can… avoid the holidays around Easter, spring break, and Memorial Day when the National Parks and surrounding areas are especially busy!
Spring Activities at Utah National Parks
Visiting Utah National Parks in the spring is one of the best times to go because the weather is “just right”.
There are 5 National Parks in Utah to enjoy beautiful views and outdoor spring activities like hiking, biking, scenic drives, off-roading, and photography.
- Arches National Park Spring Activities
- Bryce Canyon Spring Activities
- Canyonlands National Park Spring Activities
- Capitol Reef National Park Spring Activities
- Zion National Park Spring Activities
Check out our Utah National Park road trip itinerary to plan the most amazing spring break trip!
Spring Activities at Utah State Parks
In any other state, many of the Utah State Parks would be considered National Parks. There are a total of 43 State Parks where you can explore the history and beauty of the area.
Check out this List of Utah State Parks that are near the National Parks in Utah that are perfect for a side-trip stop!
Outdoor spring activities include: hiking, biking, scenic drives, off-roading, and photography.
Here are a few of our favorite State Parks in Utah to visit in the spring:
- Dead Horse Point State Park – near Arches and Canyonlands
- Goblin Valley State Park – near Capitol Reef
- Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park – near Zion
- Kodachrome Basin State Park
- Anasazi State Park – near Bryce Canyon
Utah Winter Activities in the Spring
In the spring, you’ll find winter activities you can still enjoy in the higher elevation mountains around Utah:
- Park City Winter Tours and Rentals
- Dog Sledding in Park City
- Snow Skiing in Utah
- Snowmobiling in Utah
Spring Hiking in Utah
Spring is a beautiful time of year for hiking in Utah National Parks!
In the higher elevations you can still enjoy snowshoeing in northern Utah. In southern Utah in early spring you may need traction devices on trails that are icy.
There are plenty of trails that offer a variety of different terrains all around the state at National parks, State parks, National forests, and Wilderness areas.
Check out these fun Utah hiking ideas:
- Best Hikes in Arches National Park
- Best Day Hikes at Bryce Canyon National Park
- Canyonlands Island in the Sky Hikes
- Canyonlands Needles Hikes
- Capitol Reef Hikes
- Easy Zion National Park Hikes
- Zion Hikes Without the Shuttle
- Moab Utah Hiking Trails
- Dead Horse Point State Park Hiking Trails
- The Best 8 Hikes Near Salt Lake City, Utah (A Local’s Guide)
- Utah Slot Canyon Hikes
Spring Scenic Drives in Utah
In early spring Utah scenic drives in the lower elevations around the state are open to explore. By late spring, all scenic drives should be open!
- Arches National Park Scenic Drive
- Bryce Canyon Scenic Drive
- Island in the Sky Scenic Drive
- Capitol Reef Scenic Drive
- Zion National Park Scenic Drives
- Best Stops Along Scenic Byway 12
- Potash-Lower Colorado River Scenic Byway
- Logan Canyon Scenic Drive
- Mirror Lake Scenic Byway
We highly recommend getting the Utah Mighty 5 GyPSy Guide Audio Tour: use the suggested itineraries in the app tour plan, or divide the commentary to create your own half, full or multi day sightseeing trips.
Spring Photography in Utah
Sunrise and sunset photography is a must when visiting Utah. In the spring, those times aren’t too early or too late. We enjoy these photo spots for sunrise and sunset around Utah:
- Sunrise at Arches National Park
- Sunset at Arches National Park
- Bryce Canyon Sunrise Photography
- Sunrise at Zion National Park
Check out all these amazing photography spots in Utah:
- Arches National Park Photo Spots
- Bryce Canyon Photo Spots
- Best Photo Spots at Canyonlands Island in the Sky
- Capitol Reef National Park Photography
- Zion National Park Photo Spots
- Guide to Moab Photography
- Guide to Kanab Photography
We highly recommend rechargeable hand warmers and photographer gloves for those cold early morning sunrise outings in the spring!
Spring Stargazing in Utah
You won’t find a better location than Utah for stargazing! Did you know that Utah has the highest concentration of certified International Dark Sky Parks in the world!?
We definitely recommend you take time to view the night skies during your vacation. And better yet, photograph the milky way at these Utah locations!
Northern Utah Stargazing Locations:
- Antelope Island State Park
- Dinosaur National Monument
- East Canyon State Park
- Jordanelle State Park
- North Fork Park
Southern Utah Stargazing Locations:
- Arches National Park
- Canyonlands National Park
- Dead Horse Point State Park
- Goblin Valley State Park
- Goosenecks State Park
- Hovenweep National Monument
- Natural Bridges National Monument
In the spring, the Milky Way is visible at these times:
- March – 3:00 am to 5:45 am
- April – 1:00 am to 4:45 am
- May 11:00 pm to 4:00 am
Spring Camping in Utah
If you’re interested in camping in Utah in the spring, we recommend the Utah National Parks or State Parks in the central and southern part of the state:
- Arches National Park Camping
- Bryce Canyon National Park Camping
- Island in the Sky Campgrounds
- Needles Canyonlands Camping
- Capitol Reef National Park Camping
- Camping in Zion National Park
Utah Vacation Ideas
- Utah Bucket List – FREE printable
- Best Time to Visit Utah
- Utah National Parks
- Utah State Parks
- Tours in Utah